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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Belmont Sunday

In the 7th, Hello Gold (5-1) returns to the grass for trainer Michael D'Amelio, and no, I don't really know who he is either. But this daughter of Gold Fever ran second after setting the pace on a soft course two races back, so here's a chance to test out the theory I mentioned yesterday based on the wins by Coronation Day and Our Golden Dream. Whatsmore, that grass race has come up extremely strong; the first, third, and fifth place finishers all dominated their next races, with the first two of those doing so while stepping up in class. Not a ton of other early speed in here, and her numbers at least (dosage and Tomlinson) indicate that the extra sixteenth won't be a problem. Hier Encore (7-2) was the 4th place finisher in that key race - curious announced trainer switch from Clement to an out-of-town barn. Prior was a graduation win against maiden claimers in a race which also came up strong. Ruby's Tune (3-1) seems a logical favorite dropping in class and getting a grass race after two off-the-turf efforts.


Anonymous said...

Recieved this email today and decided to pass along since I know this issue is important to many of this site's commenters;

"Show Your Support - July 27th at 12 noon New York Breeders, New York Owners and all who earn their living in the thoroughbred industry in New York will convene in Albany to demand that the State of New York fulfills its promise to install VLTs at Aqueduct.

As many of you know I have served on the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund's board for many years. In all of those years there has never been a more important issue to all of you than the VLT program. When operational the VLT program will pump millions of dollars into purses, capital improvements and your breeders awards. Without the program becoming operational this year the consequences will be dire. The awards program has already suffered very substantial reductions due to handle loss in 2008 and 2009 resulting in a decrease in awards to you.

The only relief is for VLT's to become operational this year. Failure to do so will result in further reductions in awards to you - the breeders and owners in New York State. Your participation on July 27th at noon will send a clear message to the leadership of our state. Please make the sacrifice of your time to bring as many stake holders as you can to this event. Let's show Albany we mean business.


Anonymous said...

Interested chart readers need to check out yesterday's late double at Arapaho Park. 9-5 and 5-2 shot pays $208. Better yet, only 1 ticket sold.

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